Second World War motorcycle despatch rider celebrates 60 years of helping Dunmow community

PUBLISHED: 09:21 13 August 2018

L-R: Peter Childs, Tom Cowell and Willie Fraser. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

L-R: Peter Childs, Tom Cowell and Willie Fraser. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A 94-year-old who delivered messages on a motorcycle in the Second World War has celebrated 60 years in Dunmow Rotary Club.

Tom Cowell, who worked as a treasurer for Dunmow Rural District Council for 30 years and lives in Tilty, a village near Great Easton, has lived in the area all his life and was a motorcycle despatch rider during the invasion of Sicily in 1943.

Mr Cowell said: “I had an invitation to join [rotary] and I never regretted it. I enjoy the fellowship and working in the community. We try to give help where it’s needed.”

Mr Cowell said Uttlesford “hasn’t changed that much over the years”.

He said: “I suppose transport is the difference. Local events used to be supported, especially by younger people. Now everybody’s got a car and they travel further.”

He added that he initially objected to women joining the club and thought it was a “man’s organisation” but has now changed his mind.

Mr Cowell said anyone interested in joining the Dunmow Rotary Club should contact the club’s secretary, Roger Hammond on 01279 871208 .


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